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American Airlines Plans Summer Domestic Capacity Hike to Near 2019 Levels

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American Airlines this summer plans to restore its domestic capacity to 90 percent of 2019 levels and its international network to 80 percent of 2019 levels, the carrier announced.

The build-up largely is in response to expected domestic leisure demand, including eight new Saturday routes to Orlando and increased service to such vacation destinations as Asheville, N.C.; Kalispell, Mont.; and Jackson, Wyo. American also is adding new daily service between Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and Nashville and is upgauging service between Miami and both Los Angeles and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Boeing 777 aircraft.

In addition, American this summer will use widebody aircraft on select flights for several short-haul international routes from Miami, including Bogota, Cali and Medellin in Colombia; Guayaquil and Quito in Ecuador; Lima; Port-au-Prince, Haiti; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. America also is increasing service to Colombia with flights to Bogota, Medellin and Cali from JFK starting May 6 and increased service to both Peru and Ecuador, as well as service to both Suriname and Tel Aviv from Miami this summer.

American will not, however, restore service to Hong Kong; Edinburgh, Scotland; and Shannon, Ireland this summer, citing “weak demand,” and instead is relying on joint business partners British Airways and Aer Lingus to reach those markets.

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